Confirmation: in this sacrament our faith is confirmed, our relationship with God our Father is sealed through the working of the Holy Spirit within us. The Bishop is the usual minister of this sacrament. As a parish we celebrate this sacrament every second year. Our next Confirmation is on 5th June 2014 at the Cathedral, Lancaster, for the whole of our Deanery. Adults who have been following the Journey in Faith programme are confirmed by the Parish Priest during the Easter Vigil.
Holy Communion or Eucharist: is what we celebrate every time we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, when we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus. The preparation of children with their parents for this Sacrament and for First Reconciliation are usually children from Year 4. The parents of children who are not at our school, please contact the Parish Priest. The programme begins in January each year and finishes on First Communion Sunday in May. This year, First Communion Sunday is on 18th May 2014.
Reconciliation(Confession): is when we acknowledge our weaknesses, our sinfulness, before the Lord, in the presence of the priest, and we are forgiven and welcomed into the loving arms of our merciful God. We can celebrate this sacrament most weekends on Saturdays from 10.00 to 10.30 am (please check on page 4 of the weekly newsletter). Each Advent, Lent and in the Summer Term, there is an opportunity to celebrate this Sacrament in a Penitential Service.
Anointing of the Sick: please contact the Parish Priest before surgery or in the case of serious illness and he will come to your home, or nursing home. There is an Annual Mass with Anointing of the Sick, organised by our St. Vincent DePaul Society. This usual takes place in May or June.
Marriage or Matrimony: please contact the Parish Priest, preferably at least a year before your wedding. He will then ensure that you are free to marry and will arrange the preparation session with you. The date and time of the wedding will be fixed at the time most convenient for you, if at all possible.
Holy Orders: The Church needs priests and deacons to serve the people. If a young (or not so young) man begins to wonder if God might be calling him to priesthood, the diaconate or to the religious life, please start by discussions with the Parish Priest.